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# calculate difference in months

dhanu sudha
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How to calculate difference in months between 2 dates?

Stan James
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I think that's going to lead to the question of what is a month? 365.25/12 days? What's a month before March 30? Two months before March 30? Does (March 30 - 2 months) == (March 30 - 1 month - 1 month)?
Now that I'm confused (how about you?) GregorianCalendar class has an add method that lets you specify +-n of some unit. See if it will take month as the unit. Then try those cases above and see if you like the results!

Vinod Chandana
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Originally posted by dhanu sudha:
How to calculate difference in months between 2 dates?

hi Dhanu Sudha,
Try this. Code is pretty self-explainatory.
Regards,
Vinod.
import java.util.GregorianCalendar;
public class CalPractice {
public static void main(String[] args) {
GregorianCalendar c1 = new GregorianCalendar();
GregorianCalendar c2 = new GregorianCalendar();
c1.set(2003, 10, 10);
c2.set(2003, 10, 6);
System.out.println((c1.getTimeInMillis() - c2.getTimeInMillis())/86400000);
}

}

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Almost the same as Vinod Chandana's code

Stan James
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Oops, I failed to read the question, didn't I? My rant was off topic - about how to add or subtract months to dates. There are "officially correct" answers to all those questions I threw out. But this is tricky enough to use somebody else's solution rather than write one.
Still, ask yourself what the results of the calculations above mean ... what is "exactly two months"? Same day-of-month two months ago? Or 59 or60 days ago (Jan + Feb)?

 It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.